Edwin Jackson, an American Footballer for the Indianapolis Colts, has been killed by suspected drink driver at the age of 26.
The star player was one of two people killed in the early hours of this morning on Interstate 70.
The Indiana State Police said the crash happened shortly before 4am on the westbound lane, just west of Holt Road.
Jackson and another man, Jeffrey Monroe, 54, of Avon, were stood near a parked up vehicle when they were both struck by a black Ford F-150 pickup truck on the emergency shoulder.
Jackson’s teammate Matt Overton tweeted in the last hour: "My heart is absolutely crushed by the news of our brother & teammate Edwin Jackson. Please say a prayer for his family."
The Colts compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league’s American Football Conference.
They tweeted this evening: "It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of one of our own.
"Edwin Jackson always brought a smile to our locker room and the community."
Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
"We will miss him greatly."
Early investigations suggest Jackson had got out of the car at the side of the road after becoming unwell.
Monroe, who ran a car-sharing operation, got out to assist him.
In a statement, Sgt. John Perrine said: "One of the people struck was thrown into the center lane of I-70.
"Shortly after the crash, and before any 911 calls were received, Trooper Ty Mays was driving through the area and noticed a vehicle in front of him make an evasive maneuver to the left."
Perrine said Trooper Mays then spotted the crash along the right side of the road and activated his emergency lights.
"As he slowed to stop for the crash he struck the body of the victim in the center lane," Perrine said in a statement.
The driver of the pickup truck, identified as Alex Cabrera Gonsales, 37, of Indianapolis, tried to flee the scene on foot, police said
He was apprehended shortly after on the ramp to Holt Road by Trooper Mays.
Gonsales is believed to have been intoxicated and was driving without a licence, police said.
He was taken to Marion County Jail where he was given a blood alcohol test, the results of which are pending.